Durham County Department of Public Health Receives State Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis
DURHAM, N.C. – The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) was awarded state grant funds through the Department’s Injury & Violence Prevention Branch to support Community Linkages to Care for Overdose Prevention and Response, a program dedicated to combating opioid misuse and overdoses within Durham County. The award, effective December 1, continues efforts to support a post-overdose response team and to connect justice-involved persons to evidence-based care for opioid use disorder. The grant will also focus on expanding housing resources to reduce opioid use.
Among the functions of the grant, this award will support continued operation of a post-overdose response team, which includes providing paid positions to peer-support specialists – state-certified individuals living in recovery with mental illness and/or substance use disorder who provide support to others who may benefit from their lived experiences.
The program will also utilize the award funds to enhance opportunities for ongoing recovery support, including access to housing and evidence-based healthcare, the top two community-identified health priorities in the 2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment.
“Durham County is thrilled to received continued funding to link individuals experiencing an opioid overdose with recovery support through community-based partnerships and a proven peer support model,” said Lindsey Bickers Bock, Director of Health Education and Community Transformation for DCoDPH. “The conditions in which we live, learn, work and connect with others all have a tremendous impact on our health. This funding will connect more Durham County residents who are struggling with opioid use to comprehensive, evidence-based care and allow us to better respond to current housing challenges.” Bickers Bock will serve as the grant manager at DCoDPH over the next three years.
The grant funds build upon the program’s two existing partnerships, the Durham Joins Together to Save Lives taskforce and the Durham County Post-Overdose Response Team, which link DCoDPH, Alliance Health, the Durham Recovery Response Center, Duke Health, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center, and Durham County Emergency Medical Services Community Paramedics.
To view the 2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment report or executive summary, visit www.healthydurham.org.